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2023 National Meeting/Conference


November 7-8, 2023

Gatineau QC

Agri-Food: Bringing research and innovation to reality knowledge dissemination and adoption

November 7th, 2023

8:00 – 9:00am

Networking Breakfast

9:15 - 9:30am  

Welcome Address

Cam Dahl, Chair, Board of Directors at Agri-Food Innovation Council

9:30 – 10:15am

Setting the Stage

Serge Buy, President and CEO, Agri-Food Innovation Council

10:15 – 10:45am

Network & Refreshment Break

10:45 – 12:00pm


PRS® technology; A “time-tested” Improvement to the Traditional Soil Testing Paradigm

Dr. Jeff Schoenau, PAg at the University of Saskatchewan, Dept. of Soil Science

Ken Greer, MSc., PAg at Western Ag Group of Companies

Edgar Hammermeister, PAg, Agrologist and Farmer

Brad McKinney, Manitoba Farmer

12:00 - 1:00pm

Networking Luncheon

1:00 – 1:45pm


Building Capacity Through Collaborative Research: PROCINORTE's Efforts to Combat African and Classical Swine Fever in the Americas

Vivian Arguelles Gonzalez at McGill University

Dr. Jean-Charles Le Vallée, Canada Representative at IICA

1:45 – 2:30pm

Joint Presentation

Building a Mushroom Harvesting Virtual Environment to image the Future of Automation

Ava Recchia at the University of Windsor

Development of Simulation Models for Mushroom Harvesting

Dr. (Ruth) Jill Urbanic, Professor, Department of Mechanical, Automotive, and Materials Engineering at the University of Windsor

2:30 – 2:45pm

Networking & Refreshment Break

2:45 – 4:15pm

Presentations and Panel Discussion

Weston Family Foundation – Homegrown Challenge Initiative recipients 

Homegrown Innovation Challenge: using a challenge prize funding model to spur innovation and adoption

Dr. Lukasz Aleksandrowicz, Senior Program Manager at Weston Family Foundation

Dr. Joshua Pearce, Thompson Chair of Innovation at Ivey School of Business and Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Western University

Dr. Martine Dorais, Full Professor, Department of Phytology at Laval University

Sabine Bouchard, Manager of Research and Innovation at the  Boréal Collège

Dr. Lesley Campbell, Professor in Plant and Ecology at the Toronto Metropolitan University

4:15 – 5:00pm


Extension & Adoption: Bringing Research and Innovation to Reality

Scott Ross, Executive Director at Canadian Federation of Agriculture

5:00 – 7:00pm

Networking Reception

November 8th, 2023

8:00 – 8:45am

Networking Breakfast

8:45 – 9:45am


Ottawa Smart Farm Program – Bridging the Knowledge Gap

Susanne Cork, Business Development Director, Smart Farm and Advanced Robotics at Invest Ottawa, Area X.O.

Dr. Tet Yeap, Professor, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Ottawa 

Jordan Wallace,  Co-Founder and Owner at GPS Ontario

9:45 – 10:30am


Hurdles to Agtech Adoption and Their Solutions

Mairead Matthews, Manager, Digital Policy at Information and Communications Technology Council

10:30 – 11:00am

Network & Refreshment Break

11:00 – 12:15pm


Transforming Agri-Food Knowledge into Policy and Practice: What do we know and what does the future look like?

Dr. Helen Hambly, Ontario Agricultural College at University of Guelph

Dr. Ataharul Chowdhury, School of Environmental Design & Rural Development at the University of Guelph

Knowledge Translation & Transfer (AgKTT): Driving discovery, development and commercialization, acceptance and adoption of agri-innovations

Dr. Amy Lemay at VISTA Science and Technology Inc

12:15 – 1:30pm

Networking Luncheon

1:30 - 2:15pm


Vineland – From Research to Adoption – the Path Forward

Dr. Ian Potter, President and CEO at Vineland Research and Innovation Centre

2:15– 3:00pm


How does Canada compare? An International Review of Agri-Food Adoption

3:00 – 3:15pm

Wrap-up and Refreshments

Learnings from the Sessions and Next Steps

Conference Program Agenda

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Chateau Cartier

1170 Chemin d'Aylmer

Gatineau, QC J9H 7L3


Sponsorship Opportunities

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All sessions breakfast, lunch, and breaks and Networking Reception on November 7

All sessions, breakfast, lunch and breaks on November 8

AIC Members

Complete Registration rate $500


Complete Registration rate $600

For More Information

Christine Helm